MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Public Health says they are issuing a RED ALERT following a rash of both fatal and non-fatal overdoses in Jackson County.
The agency says that the alert is being issued based on a spike of overdoses occurring just within the last 24-hours.
"It appears the current 'heroin' in our community is particularly potent or may be adulterated with fentanyl, and is an immediate risk to those actively using illicit opioids," Jackson County said.
Fentanyl has become a common threat in the area over the past several years. The powerful synthetic opioid is often mixed with heroin to increase its potency, but is many times more likely to cause an overdose.
Officials say that they have seen these spikes occur in admissions to hospital emergency rooms, law enforcement and emergency support services responses, and the deployment of Narcan.
There is currently one suspected fatality during the last 24 hours.